Leave the courts alone to in­ter­pret ex­ist­ing law

The Mercury News Weekend - - OPINION -

My wife and I feel strongly that Judge Aaron Per­sky should not be re­called. The Santa Clara County Bar As­so­ci­a­tion de­fended Per­sky, say­ing that Brock Turner’s sen­tence was based upon the pro­ba­tion re­port as well as be­ing con­sis­tent with sim­i­lar cases and stated that his re­moval would be a “threat to ju­di­cial in­de­pen­dence.” Re­tired judge LaDoris Cordell has said that this was “def­i­nitely not a prison case. He had no prior crim­i­nal is­sues. This was not a so­phis­ti­cated crime; these were two highly in­tox­i­cated peo­ple.”

Turner has paid a price, with jail time, 3 years of pro­ba­tion and registering as a sex of­fender for the rest of his life.

Re­call­ing a judge be­cause some don’t like his/ her opin­ion makes me un­com­fort­able. I want the courts to be in­de­pen­dent, es­pe­cially in to­day’s po­lit­i­cal en­vi­ron­ment. Change the law, re­form Stan­ford cam­pus liquor poli­cies, but leave the courts alone to in­ter­pret the ex­ist­ing law. — Dr. Lee Shahinian, Jr.,

Los Al­tos

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